Wednesday Llama Special
And now for something a bit different! This late-start tour is only available on Wednesday afternoons until the end of September, but combined with exploring Windsor on your own in the morning, will give you a full day that is sure to become a highlight of your holiday.
This tour starts at 1.30pm meaning you have all morning on your own to enjoy all that Windsor offers - the Castle, walking in the Great Park, visiting Eton, a boat-trip or just some pleasant shopping. Check to see if the Changing of the Guard will be taking place at 11am on the day you visit. If so, you are in for a treat, and without the crowds you get at Buckingham Palace.
Our tour begins with a visit of up to 2 hours to the flagship garden of the Royal Horticultural Society. Wisley captures the imagination with richly planted borders, luscious rose gardens and the state-of-the-art new Glasshouse. The gardens change throughout the seasons, so there is always something different to see. And even if it’s raining, the cathedral-like Glasshouse, with its three climatic zones has plenty for you to look at under cover, with tree ferns, tall palms, luscious creepers and dazzling flower displays.
Then it will be time to show you more of the Surrey countryside as we travel along narrow (and I do mean ‘narrow’!), hilly country lanes through vast expanses of woodland and through some truly delightful villages to arrive at our next stop. Shere, although just a small, pretty village, became famous when a certain Jude Law, Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz were filmed there for parts of the 2006 film, ‘The Holiday’. We stop here for 45 minutes to allow time for a wander through the village, or a coffee break.
All too soon we need to get going for what I hope will be the highlight of your day - a walk with Llamas! It may surprise you to learn that these native inhabitants of Peru can be found in the depths of the Surrey countryside. But Julie and Colin who organise the Llama treks will tell you all about the llamas, before leading the way through the woods and across fields as you follow, your llama walking by your side. Or to be more accurate, as I found out with Napoleon ‘my’ llama for the evening, you will spend a fair amount of time trying to persuade a stubborn llama to leave that patch of nettles or those leaves alone! But it’s fun, and very sociable. And a walk in the fresh air, enjoying the gentle beauty of the Surrey countryside will build your appetite for your meal at The Merry Harriers afterwards. There is no need to rush, so enjoy your evening, and when ready, I will drive you back to either Guildford Station or Windsor for your return to London or your hotel / guest house. (Guildford Station will be quicker for you to get back to London Waterloo, but please expect to arrive back in London at around 10.30pm if not later)